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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-163-1190, GTE Sylvania, Winchester, Kentucky.
Frederick L; Zey J; Rinsky R
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-163-1190, 1982 Sep; :1-16
A medical and epidemiological evaluation was conducted following a confidential employee request to investigate five cases of sarcoidosis which occurred over a 5 year period among 750 employees who manufacture speciality light bulbs (SIC-3641) at GTE Sylvania, Winchester, Kentucky. Two surveys were conducted in February and March, 1981. The five patients were interviewed and environmental sampling was undertaken. Only four of the five cases were identified as sarcoidosis as a final diagnosis. This was confirmed by biopsy in three cases. No commonalities other than working at the same site were identified. Materials evaluated environmentally included halogenated gases isopropyl-alcohol (67630), ethyl-alcohol (64175), methyl-alcohol (67561), n-amyl-acetate (628637) and various inorganic metals. The highest airborne concentration for a personal air sample was 0.48 milligrams per cubic meter which is about 10 percent of NIOSH criteria. There was no exposure to beryllium (7440417). The authors conclude that there were no biologically significant occupational exposures at the facility. They were unable to establish a causal relationship between the cases and the work environment.
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